Murphy excited for future as Itchy Feet and Brewin'upastorm head to Aintree

Olly Murphy is hoping to finish the season by landing a first Grade 1 victory after watching three encouraging performances from his exciting novice team at the Cheltenham Festival.

Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet finished second and third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the latter is likely to head to the Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree next month, as could Brewin'upastorm, who finished fourth in the Ballymore.

Murphy said: "They've all come back in good form and it was great they all ran well. Thomas Darby was a bit sore after so whether he'll run again I don't know, but I'll have a good look at Aintree for Itchy Feet and Brewin'upastorm."

Barbara Hester's Brewin'upastorm has always been held in high-regard by Murphy, and the six-year-old put in another excellent effort when five and three-quarter lengths behind City Island at Cheltenham.

Connections are optimistic about his chances in the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle over the same trip.

Murphy added: "The Ballymore was a strong race and I'd say the front four are all very smart. I don't know whether Champ [second] will run again but City Island goes to Punchestown and Ben Pauling's horse [Bright Forecast, third] is finished for the season. We were a long way ahead of the fifth.

"He's going to have to improve again to win a Grade 1 but I think a flat track and two and a half miles will suit very well – he travelled strongly at Cheltenham. I thought he was going to win turning in but he didn't quite pick up."

The striking son of Milan looks the type to thrive over fences, and his Warwickshire-based trainer is already excited to take him novice chasing next term.

"He'll go definitely go that way next season," said Murphy. "He won a point-to-point and we know he jumps well. Chasing will be his game.

"It's exciting and hopefully he'll take us to a few places. He's one to look forward to, he deserves a big win and hopefully that might come at Aintree."